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Charlie Crist serves up grab bag of issues: Seniors, Head Start and pipeline protest

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It’s been a busy week for Charlie Crist. The freshman Democratic congressman from St. Petersburg served up a medley of issues Friday, both local and national. In a letter to Ann Linehan, Acting Director of Head Start for the Administration for Children and Families, Crist voiced his support for Lutheran Services Florida’s grant application to expand its “highly successful” Early Head Start Programs in Clearwater, Largo and South St. Petersburg. All three cities are contained in Florida’s 13th Congressional District,…

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After Colorado Springs killings, Kathy Castor calls on Paul Ryan to disband Planned Parenthood probe

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Tampa Bay area U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is the latest Democrat to ask House Speaker Paul D. Ryan to disband the select committee investigating Planned Parenthood. She argues in a letter addressed to the speaker that GOP-rhetoric-incited anger toward the group led in part to Friday’s deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Citing the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s findings this week that Planned Parenthood clinics in Florida had not broken the law, the fifth-term congresswoman…

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Sour grapes: Alan Grayson calls Syria intel ‘faked’ because House didn’t trust him enough to see it

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Alan Grayson seems to have a knack for alienating many of his colleagues on Capitol Hill. Of course, the brash Orlando liberal – who is now running for the U.S. Senate – has no one else to blame but himself, something he would never admit. So he does the next best thing: accuse them all of lying. The latest example of an extreme lack of self-awareness comes from Marc Caputo of POLITICO, reporting on an undercover video of Grayson’s appearance…

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Kendrick Meek saves life (literally) of congressional colleague Jan Schakowsky

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Kendrick Meek may be down in the polls to Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio, but he’s earning karma points after saving the life of a choking Congresswoman who was losing a battle with a turkey sandwich. Meek, a former Florida state trooper, performed the Heimlich maneuver on Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky last month in a dining hall in Washington, according to The Hill, a Capitol Hill political blog. Meek was sitting at the table next to Schakowsky when the Democrat swallowed…

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